Spring Break began yesterday with a plane trip to Florida to enjoy some golf, take a short trip to Disney with the kids, and simply relax and get away from school for a while. I'm sure many educators look forward to the break to unwind, recharge, and simply remove themselves from the daily grind of school. For the first time in a while, I can't seem to get away. Thanks to the wonderful world of technology, I CAN"T get away. I'm finding myself checking Twitter messages several times a day. I'm reading blogs way too much - I know they'll still be there when I get back. I'm writing. I'm finishing up a grad paper that I have to turn in today. It's only the second day and I'm hoping this won't continue the rest of vacation.

Perhaps it can be looked at as a positive. Over the past several weeks, my professional learning environment has grown. I'm learning a few things- like how Twitter can be addictive. I've discovered a few new blogs. While I'm always interested in learning new things and sharing what I know with others, I'm wondering how much I should let it control my daily activity. Much of this is exciting and good, but only in moderation.

I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. Have you been able to get away? Do you even want to? Is your Spring Break really a break? I'd like to hear thoughts and suggestions!

3 comments

  1. Jethro // March 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM  

    Amen! I am trying to write a paper right now, too, but I am distracted by all the other stuff. Can't wait until I am done with grad school, then I can actually have a vacation.

  2. HappyChyck // March 21, 2008 at 10:33 AM  

    Congratulations on learning so many new and exciting things recently, and congratulation on realizing that you are having difficulty disconnecting! I have friends who have serious addictions and will not admit it. One of my close friends at school is ever so thankful that her new phone connects her to the Internet, so she'll be able to keep in touch with everyone and everything while she is visiting--she thinks for perhaps the last time--her grandmother in Puerto Rico. I say, put the phone down! Leave your computer at home! Just enjoy what's going on around you!

    Easier said than done? I'm not completely addicted, but enough that it IS weird to be disconnected. In my experience, it's only awkward for the first couple of days. Unfortunately, my unread feeds when I return blows my mind. I browse a few and then mark the rest of them read. Life goes on. So what if I miss some profound revelation that someone made? There'll be more.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  3. IMC Guy // March 22, 2008 at 9:32 AM  

    Happy-I know what you mean about the feeds. I end up doing the same thing and then wonder what I've missed. I have realized, however, that there will always be stuff I miss and that's the way it goes.

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